Tuesday, 9 June 2015

On Internet Friends And The Spoonie Community

In this day and age most people have friends on the internet, and for a lot of those people they havent met most of their internet pals. In my generation and the one after it thats sort of a normal thing, but for older generations such as my parents they think its weird and a lot of the time don't think we're talking to real people and we should "go meet real friends". But when you have debilitating conditions such as chronic illnesses and mental illnesses, the internet can be one of the few places to chat to your friends.

Its thanks to the internet that the chronic illness (or spoonie) community is so huge. There are Facebook groups, Tumblr communities and tags, Twitter chats and so much more- allof which remind us that we're not the only ones going through this shitstorm. I'm lucky that to have internet access and be part of such great groups and communities, my friends in the chronic illness community are like family to me and I know I can shoot them a quick message if I'm having a bad day or just for distractions because they get it. And they can of course do the same to me. We all have safe space in Facebook groups where we can share our true feelings without upsetting our healthy friends and family.

I'm lucky to have some great friends that I've met through chronic illness groups and I always love meeting new spoonies. I've found the spoonie community to be very accepting of other minorities too- POC, LGBT+, different genders, ages and sexuality. It doesn't matter who you are, as long as you're accepting of us we're accepting of you!

I'm proud to say that I have some of the absolute loveliest and best friends, from all over the world and yes we've never met but that doesn't matter.

1 comment :

  1. The spoonie community online is the best. Makes bad days which could be isolating so much easier
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise


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